1870: 400 hopeful European immigrants arrive in Levuka: South Sea Islands cotton boom, 600 Europeans in Levuka

Immigrants came by every ship, and during the winter of 1870 there were over four hundred new arrivals: the total increase for the year was 1,035″ The 1860’s were noted for the great South Seas cotton boom. R. A. Derrick’s “A History of Fiji” records that 1870 the European population in Fiji “now numbered fully 2,500, of whom 600 were crowded in the narrow township of Levuka, the others being settled on plantations or trading stations–some in Lau, Bua, or Cakaudrove, but most round the coasts and the river valleys of Viti Levu. The majority of these people were British subjects, indeed men of other nationalities–chiefly Americans–did not number more than 200.

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